How To Make Herb Flavored Butter (Compound Butter)

Growing herbs in the garden is amazing. They really help flavor food and I feel like an expert in the kitchen when I use fresh herbs. There are so many ways you can use fresh herbs for cooking. You can use them in foods directly, making herbal vinegars, and even herb flavored butter.

Making a compound butter adds a wonderful touch to your food. You can top steaks or fish with it, spread it on hot, fresh, homemade bread. Use it pizza dough, brushing it on before baking. Toss basil butter over hot pasta for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Try adding rosemary and garlic butter to mashed potatoes for a flavor the whole family will love! It’s great as a spread on sandwiches like grilled cheese, too!

basil and butter

Making compound butter with dried herbs can help you store your herbs longer, too. Most dried herbs will begin to lose flavor after 3-6 months, but stored in butter, the flavor can shine up to a year later. You can also use fresh herbs in your herb butters, straight from your garden.

Some delicious herb and combinations to try for compound butter:

  • basil
  • basil and sun dried tomatoes
  • oregano
  • blue cheese and rosemary
  • garlic and rosemary
  • Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning
  • cheddar and thyme
  • sage
  • mint
herb flavored butter

Compound Herbed Butter

Heather Harris


  • 1 pound butter salted preferred
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs of choice
  • specialty cheese or other add ins if desired.


  • Allow butter to soften on the counter for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add softened butter to food processor or mixer.
  • Whip for 2-3 minutes, making the butter fluffy.
  • Add herbs and cheese and continue to whip for an additional 2 minutes.
  • Scoop into a jar or bowl with a tight fitting lid.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • You can also freeze herb flavored butter for up to a year in an airtight container.

What flavor combinations of compound butter will you try? Be sure to pin this for later!

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26 thoughts on “How To Make Herb Flavored Butter (Compound Butter)”

  1. Chelle @ oh just stop already

    Oh this is awesome! Can’t believe I never thought to do this before. Especially with my garlic butter spread.

  2. Oh my goodness. I bet this is absolutely amazing! I would love to try it with other herbs too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Hubster and I love basil. He likes to make pesto and this butter recipe. Oh my! We are definitely going to have to try it. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

  4. Simple and easy! I have a Ninja blender that is too strong for my blended coffee (it pretty much foams/whips the milk and is not a good texture) so I think I could use that for this no problem! 🙂

  5. Wow! I never heard of this before..thanks for sharing. I love easy recipes like this. Sounds like this would be good when entertaining.

  6. Sounds delicious! I grow herbs on my deck all summer long and usually end up freezing some with olive oil at the end of the season. Never thought of making herb butter though. I can’t wait to try it out! 🙂

  7. Never in a million years would I have thought to make basil butter! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely try this.

  8. Jordyn @ Almost Supermom

    OH MY YUM!!! This sounds absolutely heavenly to spread on some pita bread. Can’t wait to make it!

  9. This would be good with so many things I can’t even count. I would love this over noodles add a little cheese and it would be the perfect comfort food.

  10. I would have never thought of this! I make a lot of garlic butter, but never thought about adding herbs!

  11. Hi Heather! I have LOVED going over all your posts – so many fantastic recipes and ideas that I’m dying to try! I think I’m going to whip up some basil butter first. I’ve never heard of basil butter before, but it sounds amazing – especially for adding to mashed potatoes! Thank you so much for sharing! Chereen x

  12. Chrystal @ Happy Mothering

    Oh wow, this looks really good! I have been thinking about making herbed butter – now I need to!

  13. I was thinking about doing this the other day when I picked my basil. I dried some out but wanted to make butter. THanks Stopping by from #TuesdaysTable

  14. Gonna go grab my basil out of the garden before letting our chickens have the garden and make me some basil butter! How simple and wonderful! thank you!

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